Entries from January 22nd, 2014

home progress & addition plans

bathroom addition planRemember the “future bedroom” I pointed out here, well I thought I would share what all we have going on inside. On the top is the existing floorplan of the tiny bedroom and sole bathroom. Below that I’ve drawn out our plans for the addition (the light blue lines show the old walls that will be removed). We will be adding a new bathroom (hallelujah), a bigger closet (double hallelujah), and then extending the bedroom out.

Progress photos after the jump…

READ MORE

DIY: Sculptural bookends

DIY Gold Bookends // smitten studioI was on the hunt for some bookends when I remembered this vintage pen and pencil holder on 1st Dibs that I had been eyeing and thought I could whip up a little something inspired by it. The making of the bookends turned less into a whipping up and more into a blister inducing fight with my backsaw, but I’m thinking it was worth it. This DIY would have been easier with a sawzall (santa can you hear me. oh wait I mean birthday fairy can you hear me?), but I’m sure my manicure will recover eventually. :)

I shared the full DIY on A Beautiful Mess, so pop over there for the step-by-step.

See more of my DIY projects here.

Image by Sarah Sherman Samuel

smitten travels: Michigan

you can't get too much winter in winter // smitten studiowinter in michigan // smitten studioAs you may have noticed… I couldn’t get enough of the freshly fallen snow while we were in Michigan. More photos and my favorite winter walks after the jump…

READ MORE

in my bag: los angeles

packing for a staycation, los angeles // smitten studioInspired by my weekend jaunt all over L.A., I am planning a little stay/workcation at a hotel on the other side of town, so that we can escape the construction for a couple of days.

Waking up to wood saws, hammering, and the smell of welding copper pipes maddeningly a touch too early for me every morning is beginning to wear on these tired bones. While Rupe leaves for work for the day, I am at home fielding questions from the crew and trying to work out of my studio with the cacophony of electric tools just outside my door. Oh and there is also the frequent interruptions in running water which has me running to the local grocery store for bathroom breaks. lovely.

I am not complaining because all this noise means progress and I will be so thankful when we move into our new bedroom. However, I think it is time to grab my bag, laptop, current notebook, the most luxurious PJ’s, and a business meeting outfit, and head out for a couple work days on the east side.

Sources: Clio Coat by BB Dakota // Boyfriend Jeans by Citizens of Humanity // Amica Sweater by BB Dakota  // Silk Pajamas by Journelle // Felt Fedora Hat by Asos // Gold Snake Clutch by TopShop // Graphic Tee by Huge Guinness for J.Crew // Plaid Check Tube Skirt by TopShop // Metro Watch by Kate Spade // Studded Bordeaux Pumps by Valentino Garavani // Tote Bag by Jujumade // Blue Notebook by PostalCo // Sunglasses by Spitfire

To see more from the “in my bag” series check here.

from the weekend: los angeles in two days

griffith observatory, los angeles // @sarahshermansamuelI got to play tourist in my own city this weekend with one of my best gal pals who was visiting from San Francisco. We caught up while buzzing around town to a lot of my favorite spots. Here’s the short list for our whirlwind weekend in LA.

We had an unforgettable dinner at Alma, a peek at the new Ace Hotel downtown, a manicure at the most beautiful nail salon in Beverly Hills, brunch at Gjelina & Salt Air, shopping on Abbot Kinney as well as in Silver Lake, another tasty meal at Sqirl, hiking and taking in the view at Griffith Observatory, tacos and drinks at Alibi room, and a long, and by then, delirious meal at Cafe Gratitude.

Image by me via Instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel)

Home Progress: Kitchen Pendants & Breaking Ground

kitchen pendant lights // smitten studioI loved reading all your pendant light picks and I don’t think I could have gone wrong with any of the choices, but I landed on the iconic midcentury shape of the Alto. Now just to bite the bullet and find a fixture for over the dining table!

I also added a vintage bar cart to the room and am thinking I might re-paint the upper cabinets to the same shade of green as the bottom (I never thought I could have too much white but I think I’m getting dangerously close).

We also started phase two of the kitchen renovation! I have been avoiding shooting the kitchen from a certain angle as to not expose the fact that our washer and dryer is sitting directly next to our dishwasher and in front of the refrigerator, but now is the time…

Kitchen extension plans // smitten studioOur plan is to knock down this wall, extend the cabinets and countertops, remove the laundry machines, and add on a laundry room just on the other side of that door. We had to wait to get our plans approved by the city and pull our permits but after living in renovation limbo for a while, we got the green light and have officially broken ground on our addition. Now the real fun begins, right?

Our plans and progress after the jump… READ MORE